Illiberal democracy in constitutional law

New book by Vanessa BARBE published by Larcier


It is customary to attribute the term "illiberal democracy" to Fareed Zakaria, an American political scientist, who used it in the late 1990s to refer to the rise of political regimes that combine a system of free elections with the absence of a culture and institutions of constitutional liberalism. Today it has entered the common language, is quite widely studied in political science, and is even claimed by some leaders.

But illiberal democracy is still little studied by constitutional scholars, even though the characteristics lent to this type of political regime lie at the heart of both classical and contemporary constitutional law issues (separation of powers, rule of law, fundamental rights).

This book intends to contribute to the examination of illiberal democracy by studying the legal aspects of illiberalism as an evolution or component of certain reputedly democratic regimes. It brings together some thirty contributions from scholars specializing in constitutional law and focusing on African, American, Asian, and European political institutions.

The book is a collection of essays by scholars who are interested in the legal aspects of illiberalism.